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To Horace Mann
In this age we have some who pretend to impartiality : you will scarce guess how Lord Brook16 shows his: he gives one vote on one side, one on the other, and the third time does not vote at all, and so on, regularly.
My sister is up to the elbows in joy and flowers that she has received from you this morning, and begs I will thank you for her.
You know, or have heard of, Mrs. Nugent '7 (Newsham's mother); she went the other morning to Lord Chesterfield to beg 'he would encourage Mr. Nugent18 to speak in the House ; for that really he was so bashful, she was afraid his abilities would be lost to the world.' I don't know who has encouraged him; but so it is, that this modest Irish converted Catholic stallion does talk a prodigious deal of nonsense in behalf of English liberty.
Lord Gage19 is another ; no man would trust him in a wager, unless he stakes, and yet he is trusted by a whole borough with their privileges and liberties! He told Mr. Winnington the other day, that he would bring his son20 into Parliament, that he would not influence him, but leave him entirely to himself. 'Damn it,'said Winnington, 'so you have all his lifetime.'
Your brother says you accuse him of not writing to you, and that his reasons are, he has not time, and next, that I tell you all that can be said. So I do, I think: tell me
16 Francis, Baron, and afterwards created Earl Brooke. Walyole.
17 Anna, sister and co-heir of James Craggs; m. 1. John. New-sham; 2. John Knight; 3. Robert Nugent; d. 1756.
" Robert Nugent (circ. 1720-1788), cr. Baron Nugent and Viscount Clare (in Ireland), Jan. 19,1767; cr. Earl Nugent, July 21,1776; M.P. for St. Mawes. He was a wit and had some poetic talent. Goldsmith addressed him (as Viscount Clare) in his Haunch,
of. Venison, Nugent's marriages to two wealthy widows led Horace Wai-pole to coin the verb ' to Nugentize.' See letter to Mann, July 22, 1744.
19 Lord Gage was one of those persons to whom the privileges of Parliament were of extreme consequence, as their own liberties were inseparable from them. Walpole.
20 Hon. William Hall Gage (1718-1791), succeeded his father (1754) as second Viscount Gage; Paymaster of the Pensions, 1766.